In Germany between the two World Wars, a vibrant aesthetic burst forth in the field of design that took the term "modern" to previously unimagined heights. This vision celebrated the forms of technology, from the glass and steel of the Bauhaus to the sleek lines and innovative typography of the new graphic design.
Albert Renger-Patzsch was born in Würzburg, Germany, on June 22, 1897, the youngest of three sons. His father, Robert, was a musician who owned a music and more general book business, but spent much of his time making photographs, and even published a book on the newly invented method of offset lithography.
1. Albert Renger-Patzsch, unpublished autobiographical manuscript. From the Special Collections of the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica. 2. Ibid. 3. Ann and Jürgen Wilde, in Albert Renger-Patzsch: Ruhrgebiet-Landschaften 1927-1935, Ann and Jürgen Wilde, eds.(Cologne: Dumont, 1982), p. 170.
22 June 1897 Born in Würzburg, Germany, the youngest of three sons. 1909 First began photographing at the age of twelve as a result of his father's interest in photography. 1911 By age fourteen, the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Clarence H. White, and Gertrude Käsebier was well known to him.
ESSAYS AND CATALOGS ON ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH (ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY)
WORKS SITUATING ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH WITHIN A BROADER CONTEXT
PUBLICATIONS BY OR ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALBERT RENGER-PATZSCH (ARRANGED CHRONOLOGICALLY) Das Chorgestühl von Kappenberg. Berlin: Auriga-Verlag, 1925. Die Halligen. Foreword by Johann Johannsen.
Beaumont Newhall, photography's preeminent historian, died at home at the age of eighty-four on February 26th, 1993. He had worked up until the last week of his life. Like Giorgio Vasari, the incomparable biographer of the Italian Renaissance, Beaumont chronicled the lives and works of artists while they were shaping their medium.
There are many who helped to make this Aperture publication possible. We are grateful to the J. Paul Getty Museum for providing many of the photographs and research materials, and especially to Weston Naef and Chris Hudson for their collaboation.